In a move that will surprise some, Greg Maddux has opted to go into Baseball’s Hall of Fame without a team’s logo on his plaque.
Maddux is thrilled that his plaque will not feature a logo of the Atlanta Braves or Chicago Cubs.
“My wife Kathy and I grew up in baseball in Chicago, and then we had just an amazing experience in Atlanta with the Braves. It’s impossible for me to choose one of those teams for my Hall of Fame plaque, as the fans of both clubs in each of those cities were so wonderful. I can’t think of having my Hall of Fame induction without support of both of those fan bases, so, for that reason, the cap on my Hall of Fame plaque will not feature a logo.”
The Cubs drafted Maddux out of high school in 1984. He won his first Cy Young with the Cubs and then signed with the Atlanta Braves winning three more. In his 11 seasons with the Braves, Maddux pitched in the post season 10 times and earned his only World Series ring in 1995.
After leaving the Braves he returned to the Cubs and later spent stints with the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers. Maddux now serves as a front office assistant with the Cubs which probably played into his thinking some.
Maddux’s former teammate Tom Glavine will go in with a Braves logo as well former manager Bobby Cox. Tony La Russa will also not have a logo on his cap after winning World Series titles with both the Oakland Athletics and St. Louis Cardinals. Frank Thomas will have a Chicago White Sox cap and Joe Torre will enter with a New York Yankees cap.